GP Opportunity (up to 8 sessions) - Creech Medical Centre

Employer
Creech Medical Centre
Location
Taunton, Somerset
Salary
competitive
Closing date
31 May 2022
Phone number
01823XXXXXXX

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Ideally, we would like you to work Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays (8 sessions) but this is negotiable and could be split into 2 positions of 4 sessions each.  A special interest in a particular area of healthcare would be an advantage, but a willingness to share the load and work with our small but dedicated team is a must. Symphony also welcomes and supports newly qualified GPs by providing a GP Mentorship Scheme and supporting the NHS GP Fellowship Scheme so that you hit the ground running.

 

Creech St. Michael - Our Practice & Village

Our practice list is about 4,700 patients, so small enough for you to know our patients well, but we’re also part of Symphony, the largest GP provider in Somerset so benefit from the experience and learning across a network of 20 practices.  As a practice, we provide care as a multi-disciplinary team including GPs and Advanced Nurse Practitioners and are supported by an MSK physio, Mental Health Workers, Clinical Pharmacists, and Social Prescribers and we are part of the Tone Valley PCN.

We can offer the best of both worlds – a small, country practice, not far from the county town of Taunton, with the support of a network of practices behind you so you can concentrate on patient care. Intrigued?  Please read on…

Our transport links are great - we have fast links to London, Bristol, Exeter and Bath by rail or road. And Bristol, Cardiff, and Exeter International Airport links Somerset to the world.

Creech is a much sought after village with good facilities including a public house, post office, Primary school and village hall. It is nestled between the majestic Quantock Hills, Somerset Levels, and the woodland cloaked Blackdown Hills. It sits directly on the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal which provides a picturesque route through the village for pleasure boats, kayaks, and paddle boards along with the tow path for pedestrians and cyclists. Taunton is approximately 4 miles west of Creech, has a lively nature and plays host to major sports centre Somerset County Cricket Club. It also has many shopping and hospitality opportunities to go out and enjoy yourself. There are excellent private and state schools including three boarding schools in Taunton.

 

The role

You would undertake all the clinical duties associated with a GP working in primary care, without the responsibilities and risks associated with being a partner. We can offer opportunities from trainee through salaried to consultant level GP posts depending on your experience and the level of responsibility you take on at the practice.

All GPs working for us are paid as Employees, unlike Partners, which means less risk for you and more time to focus on patient care. We put patients first, with our Employed and Consultant GPs working flexibly according to need, so contributing to areas such as QOF, QI, training and research projects providing a huge amount of variety to the role. However, our Salaried GPs have a clearly defined job plan setting out the hours of work and responsibility and tasks associated with the role.

Through annual appraisal, we encourage career development and progression and are keen to support GPs who wish to extend their role, or have specialist skills which can be utilised in primary care. We recognise that some GPs will wish to stay salaried, and some will wish to assume more responsibility once they have found their feet and aspire to Employed or Consultant roles.

 

About Symphony Healthcare Services

Symphony Healthcare Services was established in 2016 as part of the award-winning Symphony Programme Vanguard, developing new models of care.  We now support 20 practices across Somerset (including one in Devon) providing care for 120,000 patients.

Symphony has developed a model where each practice is encouraged to operate autonomously, but as a subsidiary of Yeovil Hospital and with the backing and economies of scale from a central support team (particularly for HR and strategic management matters).

Providing NHS services is at the heart of what we do.  Our vision is to ensure that primary care is sustainable for patients and practices in Somerset, and we aim to be a national exemplar for primary care provision.  We work closely with our practice teams to support, develop and transform patient care and working practices with innovation and technology at the heart of what we do. We also work hard to make sure primary care has a loud voice in Somerset.

Creech Medical Centre joined Symphony Healthcare Services in 2021 and with their support has implemented several new initiatives to improve care and how we work. Our practice is also working towards becoming a GP training practice.  By working at scale in primary care in Somerset we can offer you the opportunity to develop specialist skills in the areas of clinical management, training or leadership with the support of a larger organisation to develop your GP career.

 

Benefits

So that our GPs achieve the life balance they deserve, and are rewarded for their skills and experience, and flourish as individuals, we offer:

  • flexible roles and working options
  • support for those with specialist skills and experience
  • a Mentorship Scheme for newly qualified GPs who will be supported by an experienced GP mentor
  • car lease scheme
  • cycle to work scheme
  • attractive relocation support
  • freedom to join our new in house GP locum agency, Symphony Flex, with additional competitive pay rates.

 

For more information about this role or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Dominique Pearson-Smith (Practice Manager) on Dominique.pearson-smith@nhs.net

If this advert has sparked your interest in being a Symphony GP within Somerset please contact us on SymphonyHR@ydh.nhs.uk

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